- In a related, but separate report, scientists found that many mothers in Hong Kong have high DDT levels in their breast milk, even though the pesticide was banned in China over twenty years ago.
- An editorial in the Los Angeles Times addresses questions of genetic engineering, highlighting some alterations about to hit the market...and the moral questions attached to genetic "design."
- As I get dressed for work, I turn on NY1, a twenty-four hour local news channel. This morning, "on the street" New Yorkers are asked to weigh in on the increased security checks and random bag searches conducted by the NYPD in public transportation facilities.
"We're going to have to give up some of our freedom if we want to be safe."You feel more safe when Oceania is monitoring you, lady? Sanctioned surveillance always makes me a little uneasy, but excepting the legitimate questions of racial profiling, I'm not that concerned by the city's recent security measures. I do cringe, though, when I hear that people are so eager to trade "freedom" for safety. High school history books provide us with plenty of frightening precedents; states in which security is placed above freedom have a way of trending far to the right.
"I feel more safe when they're monitoring us."